Track: Raceway at Belle Isle Race: Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans (Race 2) Date: June 5, 2016 No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 10th Finish: 20th Status: Accident Laps Completed: 33/70 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: 9th (-124)
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya encountered trouble when his car spun and crashed midway through the second Chevrolet Dual in Detroit race, leaving him with a 20th-place finish that dropped him to ninth in the championship standings. Montoya started 10th and started a march to the front in his Verizon Chevrolet. Montoya was approaching the top five and passed teammate and eventual race winner Will Power in the early stages of the race. However, contact with Scott Dixon led to a front wing change for the Columbian and was left to play catch up. In the end while trying to make his way back to the front, Montoya crashed on Lap 33 to end his day. The subpar result came on the heels of a third-place effort in Saturday’s first race in the Motor City.
Detroit Race 1Quote: “After the last pit stop, we started having issues. But it was okay. We started pushing. It was a smart call. We were trying to play the rain. When we restarted, we never really pushed. We were trying to make sure we could make it to the rain, and the rain never came. We tried to run a smart race, but the rain didn't happen. We got a decent podium out of it, so I'm pretty happy about that.”
Track: Raceway at Belle Isle Race: Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans (Race 1) Date: June 4, 2016
No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 3rd Finish: 3rd Status: Running Laps Completed: 70/70 Laps Led: 13 Points Position: 6th (-90)
Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya recovered from a disappointing Indianapolis 500 with a podium finish Saturday in the first of two Chevrolet Dual in Detroit races on the Belle Isle street course behind the wheel of his Verizon Chevrolet. Montoya roared back from an early pit stop to contend with the leaders late in the race, finishing 5.7067 seconds behind winner Sebastien Bourdais. Montoya, who was part of Team Penske’s 1-2-3 sweep in qualifying and started third, pitted under green on lap nine of the 70-lap race. Just as Montoya completed his stop, a yellow flag came out for Max Chilton’s crash. Shortly after the restart, Montoya was back in contention, working into second place before teammate Will Power passed him, followed by Carlos Munoz. On lap 29, Montoya moved into the lead when Power pitted, but lost it three laps later while battling with Power as teammate Simon Pagenaud passed both for the top spot. On Lap 43, Montoya stayed out as the leaders pitted under caution and regained the lead. He headed to the pits while leading under green, giving the lead to Scott Dixon. Eventually, Montoya moved past Helio Castroneves and Pagenaud into third but couldn’t catch Bourdais and Conor Daly, settling for the final podium spot. Read More